Murder and Mayhem on Chicago's North Side

Murder and Mayhem on Chicago's North Side

by Troy Taylor


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In 1929, Chicago gangster Al Capone arranged a special St. Valentine's Day delivery for his favorite arch enemies: a massacre. Seven North Side mobsters were left dead. Yet random killings and bizarre murders were not unfamiliar in Chicago. Tales of the city's most violent and puzzling murders make this gripping work truly hair-raising: a deranged stalker kills his love object and then himself; a sausage maker uses the tools of his trade to rid himself of his wife; and a meticulous serial killer cleans his dead victim's wounds before taping them closed. Through accounts dripping with mystery, gory details and suspense, Troy Taylor brilliantly tells the twisted history of Chicago's North Side's worst.

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ISBN-13: 9781596296442
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 10/30/2009
Series: Murder and Mayhem Series
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Troy Taylor is an occultist, supernatural historian and the author of seventy-five books on ghosts, hauntings, history, crime and the unexplained in America. He is also the founder of the American Ghost Society and the owner of the Illinois and American Hauntings Tour companies. Taylor shares a birthday with one of his favorite authors, F. Scott Fitzgerald, but instead of living in New York and Paris like Fitzgerald, Taylor grew up in Illinois. Raised on the prairies of the state, he developed an interest in things that go bump in the night"? at an early age. As a young man, he channeled that interest into developing ghost tours and writing about haunts in Chicago and Central Illinois. Troy and his wife, Haven, currently reside in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood."

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

Introduction 9

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre 19

Gin and Jazz at the Green Mill 35

Death of a Labor Racketeer: The Rogers Park Killing of "Big Tim" Murphy 43

The Luetgert Sausage Vat Murder 49

The Lincoln Avenue Streetcar Murder 57

The Case of the "Ragged Stranger" 61

The "Girl Bandit" 67

Dillinger-Dead or Alive! 69

The Wrigleyville Torso Murder 77

The Murder of Dr. Peacock 85

Death of a Showgirl 93

"Catch Me Before I Kill More" 101

The "Natural" and the Stalker 115

Bibliography 123

About the Author 127

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